The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has issued a 48-hour ultimatum for the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to recapture Marte in Borno State from Boko Haram terrorists.
Attahiru also ordered the troops to clear other adjoining villages, including Kirenowa, Kirta, Wulgo, Chikingudo communities of Marte and Ngala local government areas in Borno State.
The Army chief gave the directives on Sunday while addressing troops of the Army at Super Cap 9 at Dikwa, Borno.
He said, “Areas around Marte, Chikingudu, Wulgo, Kirenowa and Kirta must be cleared in the next 48 hours. You should rest assured of all support you require in this very onerous task.
“I have just spoken to the Theatre Commander and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Division. You must not let this nation down. Go back and do the needful and I will be right behind you.”
“You are aware of the recent attack on Dikwa and Marte. You should not allow this to happen again. Go after them and clear those bastards,” he said.
He also promised to prioritize the welfare of soldiers as they lead the fight against insurgency.